Red Bull King of the Air

Event Rules Summary

I. Registration

1) Registration: Red Bull King of the Air is an invitational event. Only the 24 invited riders are allowed to enter the event competition.

2) Division of fleet: Top 12 from the previous years ranking of Red Bull King of the Air

Top 8 from the ranking of the online video competition

4 wildcards given out to riders selected by event committee

3) Every invited competitor will have to confirm the participation by email before November 30, 2015 at following email address:  kingoftheair@za.redbull.com

4) Competitors willing to participate to the online video competition will have to submit a 1 minute video of their biggest moves. A committee/jury will review all the videos and decide on the top 8 riders to go through to the event. Entries close on the 11 December 2015.

5) Every competitor needs to complete registration in person before the official registration period ends. All official registration periods will be posted on the official Red Bull King of the Air website.

II. Safety and Right of Way

1) Safety and fair play are the most important aspects of the competition. Unsafe competitors will be disqualified. Leeward kiteboards have right of way, therefore Windward kiteboards should not jump when a leeward kiteboard is close to them.

2) Opposite Tack: a) When two kiteboards in opposite tacks cross each other, the windward kiteboard should keep his kite high while a leeward kiteboard should keep his kite down to avoid a tangle. b) When two kiteboards are in opposite tacks and equally upwind, the Starboard kiteboard has right of way over the port kiteboard.

3) Starboard kiteboard: should cross-upwind keeping the kite high while the port kiteboard should cross downwind keeping the kite low.

4) Transitions: a) A kiteboard changing tack should keep clear of other kiteboards on a tack. b) Kiteboards doing transition jumps should watch for kiteboards behind them before attempting a transition jump.

5) Rider’s Meeting – Mandatory Competitor’s Meeting.   The day of the official competition will be held a mandatory meeting for all competitors at least a half hour before the start of the first heat. The official time and location for the meeting will be announced to all competitors at registration.

6) Kiteboards should stay clear of the competition area when not competing.

7) Kiteboards must not change course to obstruct another kiteboard (blocking).

8) Kiteboards shall not land jumps on the beach, and shall stay clear of any natural obstructions near the competition area.

9) A kiteboard is capsized when his kite is in the water; his lines are tangled, or has lost control or has accidentally become disconnected from his kiteboard. a) If possible a non-capsized kiteboard shall avoid a capsized kiteboard, a kiteboard that has not regained control after capsizing or jumping over the lines of a capsized kiteboard. b) A capsized kiteboard shall not take any action that hinders another kiteboard.

10) In case of a dangerous action, tangle or collision, as a result of the infringement on any of the above rules will result in a warning or disqualification from the heat at the discretion of the Red Bull King of the Air Contest Director or Head Judge.

11) In the case the affected competitor, during a tangle or collision, is not competing against the competitor at fault and the action penalizes the competitor’s performance limiting his chances of wining the heat, the affected competitor’s heat will be rerun.

12) During the transition period, a kiteboard entering the competition area to compete has right of way over a kiteboard returning to the shore. Therefore the standard right-of-way rules do not apply.

III. Assistance

1) Competitors that during their heat end up downwind of the competition area, will be allowed to make their way back to the competition area by walking upwind on the beach by themselves or with assistance.

2) While competing, a competitor could get assistance to re-launch his kite inside of the competition area only from a competitor competing in his/her heat. A competitor could get assistance to re-launch his kite only when the downed kite is out of the competition area. (Example when the kite drifts to the shore brake).

3) Competitors who during their heat get assistance inside the competition area from rescue/press boat, jetski or any other craft will not be scored from that moment onwards.This competitor then needs to get out of the competition area immediatly. Assistance will only be allowed when the position of a competitor becomes a safety issue (for instance; when drifting towards the rocks while crashed).

4) In the event if a competitor looses his kite from equipment failure, the competitor will be allowed to replace his kite during the heat only outside from the competition area. The competitor has to get out from the competition area by his/her own means. If the competitor is not wearing a leash, he will not be scored from the point he looses his kite.

IV. Official Notice Board

1) Any changes in the instructions will be posted on the Official Notice Board. All competitors have the responsibility of checking the Official Notice Board periodically for any changes.

2) Each competitor is responsible for checking his heat number. This will be posted on the Official Notice Board, at least 15 minutes before the start of the first heat.

V. COMPETITION LYCRA VEST

1) Competitors are required to wear the official lycra vest during their heats. The lycra vest must be worn outside the harness. Competitors should check in with the beach marshal two heats prior to competing and will receive a colour lycra vest which will identify them to the judges. Competitors not wearing the lycra vest or not wearing the lycra vest correctly during their heats will not be scored. After the competitor has completed his heat, the lycra vest must be returned to the beach marshal when returning to the beach.

2) The lycra vest should be worn over the harness at all times during the warm up periods / interviews etc.

VI. EQUIPMENT

1) No limitation. It is the sole responsibility of the rider to choose and use appropriate equipment for his safety and the safety of third-party.

VII. HEATS AND ELIMINATION FORMAT

1) The Contest Director will make the decision about the suitability of the conditions for running heats.

2) The contest will be run in 24 men, single-elimination “FLAG-OUT” format.

3) “FLAG-OUT” format schedule of heats – All riders will have different coloured lycra vest on when they hit the water. Each rider/colour is related to the same colour flag. As a rider gets flagged-out, that colour flag will come down. Colors Flags are placed on the beach, (next to the Beach Marshal’s check-in spot) situated straight from or slightly down from the launching area. The “FLAG-OUT” system will be used on each heat of the contest.

Round 1

Six heats of X min. with four riders

After X min. the worst rider gets flagged out

There will be one minute of transition time during the heat so riders and judges can get ready for 2nd half of the heat

Scoring will be continued and scoring won’t go back to zero.

At the end of the heat  the second worst gets flagged out

Top 2 advance to Round 3 while 3rd and 4th advance to Round 2

Round 2

Three heats of X min. with three riders

After  X min. the worst rider gets flagged out

There will be one minute of transition time during the heat so riders and judges can get ready for 2nd half of the heat

Scoring will be continued and scoring won’t get back to zero.

At the end of the heat  the second worst gets flagged out

1’ place advance to Round 3

Round 3

Four heats of X min. with four riders

After X min. the worst rider gets flagged out

There will be one minute of transition time during the heat so riders and judges can get ready for 2nd half of the heat

Scoring will be continued and scoring won’t get back to zero.

At the end the heat the second worst gets flagged out

1’ and 2’ place advance to Round 4/ semi final

Round 4 / Semi Final

Two heat of X min. with four riders.

After X min. the worst rider gets flagged out

There will be one minute of transition time during the heat so riders and judges can get ready for 2nd half of the heat

Scoring will be continued and scoring won’t get back to zero.

At the end of the heat the second worst gets flagged out

1’ and 2’ place advance to final

Final

One heat of X min with four riders

After X min the second worst gets flagged out

There will be one minute of transition time during the heat so riders and judges can get ready for 2nd half of the heat

Scoring will be continued and scoring won’t get back to zero.

The 3 finalists will compete till the end of the heat and results will only be given during the prize ceremony.

4) “FLAG-OUT” event competition ladder: a) Competitor’s names shall be entered on the elimination ladder for the first according to the event seeding list. b) “byes”, if any, shall be positioned so that they are allocated to the most highly ranked competitors. c) Competitors shall compete one against each other in groups of up to 4 or 3 determined by the elimination ladder and at the discretion of the Contest Director.

5.) Results will be considered valid for the event when we complete the semi-finals or beyond, and 4 competitors or less are left in the elimination round.

6.)The duration of the heats and the transition period shall be specified by the Contest Director before the start of the daily competition. If needed these times will be modified at any time. All heat times will be posted on the official notice board or official competition ladder.

7.) The Contest Director may postpone a heat before the starting signal for any reason.

8.) The Contest Director may abandon a heat: a) after the starting signal because of insufficient wind, or for other reasons directly affecting the fairness of the competition. The time limit for such abandonment shall be one minute before the end of the heat. b) after the starting signal at any time for safety reasons.

VIII. SEEDING

1) The event seeding will be based on last year’s results and the Committee’s decision. A wild draw can be considered for the 4 wildcard competitors.

IX. PRIZE MONEY

1) The prize fund at an event is divided between all contestants. The amount for each contestant shall be stated in the Notice of Competition or entry form. No appearance fee. Prize money will be given to all contestants.

Percentage of Prize Money Payable: Men’s prize money 24 riders break-down. Prize money will be allocated according to the following tables:

1st 20%
2nd 15%
3rd 10%
4th 6%
Equal 5th (2) 4%
Equal 7th (2) 3.5%
Equal 11th (4) 3%
Equal 15th (4) 2.5%
Equal 19th (4) 2%
Equal 24th (4) 1%

X. AWARDS CEREMONIES

1) Competitors who place on the top 4 are required to attend the Official Award Ceremony. The Penalty for missing the awards ceremony, not being justified by a force majeure circumstance, will be a fine equal to their earned prize money for the event.

XI. ADVERTISEMENT

1) Competitors might be required to place, in a visible area of their equipment, one event sticker.

XII. JUDGING – JUDGING PROCEDURE – SCORING

1) Selection of Judges: An attempt shall be made to ensure that no judge has a vested interest. Only the Red Bull King of the Air Management Committee will have the power to make appointments and substitutions
 for the event.

2) Judging Panel Composition: Events shall have an odd number of judges panel, with 3/5 judges on per heat.

3) A competitor shall be scored while being in the designated competition area. Whether a competitor is in or out of the competition area, will be at the discretion of the Head judge.

4) Judges should be visually separated when possible and it is the responsibility of the Head Judge to see that the judges do not discuss scores.

5) Tied competitors’ heat scores shall be broken in favor of the competitor with the best individual final scores. When there is a tie in total points awarded by a judge, the tie must be broken in favor of the competitor who has the higher single score in the priority category. If the categories are weighted evenly, then the tie shall be broken in favor of the rider who has the higher score of Overall Impression.

6) The judging final scores of each individual judge shall be shown only to competitors in that heat, on their request. The scores of the judges may not be appealed.

XIII. JUDGING CRITERIA: EXTREME BIG AIR and OVERALL IMPRESSION:

1) Judges will look at following categories: Extreme Big Air and Overall Impression.

2) No limitation in maximum number of trick/jumps/combinations attempts per heat (including crashes) or repetitions for the same jump. Only the 3 best tricks of the whole performance will be counted and will form part of the final result. When performing repetitions of the same move, the best one will be taken into account in the final score. Variety will add considerations to your performance.

3) Extreme Big Air Overall Impression: score will be determined by combining:

30% height.
Go as hard and high as possible. The height in combination with extreme moves is priority, but we will also take the horizontal distance travelled in account combined with certain moves (megaloops etc.)

 

30% extreme.
Controlled extreme high moves. Think about extremely powered and or extremely technical, or ultimately a combination of this. (innovate, take risks, high speed in- and out of the trick, wow-factor, loops etc.) 
 
20% style & execution.
Smooth landings, no dangling, tweaks, grabs, angle of the kite, ‘perform-a-show’,  ‘be in control (throughout the trick)’.
 
20% variation.
Variation within your 3 best EXTREME BIG AIR moves. Be a ‘complete’ rider, showing the same move or a variation of it on both tacks. Or show that you can perform total different moves on a high level. (megaloops / big air board offs / handle passes / rotations etc or a combination of these)

4) The heats during the event competition will be judged on the quality of the execution of each individual move, Judges analyze the following key criteria’s when scoring each rider’s performance.

5) Technical Difficulty. The technical difficulty of a trick completed during the heat.

6) Grabs. A grabbed trick will be rewarded with a higher score than a non-grabbed trick on the Technical Difficulty criteria. However, the final score of each trick is directly related to the quality of the execution.

7) Power. The power during the execution of the tricks. Power will be considered as a combination of: a) Speed into and out of the tricks. b) Angle of the kite during the execution of the trick (example: kite lower as the rider during a loop). c) Height and amplitude of the trick.

8) Risk factor is directly linked to the Power (already includes speed in and out, lines direction and amplitude – height) involved in the execution of the tricks, but also to the commitment of the competitor, technical and physical challenge during the execution, duration of the critical moment, amount and quality (lines direction) of the air in the trick, and energy on the execution.

9) Variety. The variety of tricks completed during the heat is considered for the final score.

10) Height. Height of the trick completed during the heat. This aspect will exponentially come into consideration as the wind conditions increase, but only when the height is achieved along risk factor and technical difficulty.

11) Smoothness. Smoothness and fluidity during the execution of tricks completed during the heat, between different tricks in a combo and on landings.

12) Style. The personal flamboyance and attitude of the competitor when executing a trick.

13) Innovation. Tricks that have never been landed in competition before.

14) The quality of the execution of the tricks is determined by the power, risk factor and speed in and out of the tricks.

XIV. OTHER JUDGING ASPECTS

1) Any handle pass that is finished by pulling the leash to get the bar, will be considered a crash.

2) The chicken loop is considered as part of the bar. Grabbing the chicken loop when passing the bar still gives credit to the trick, although, won’t be considered as a clear pass.

3) If a competitor “butt checks” when landing the trick, but keeps momentum and has the board touching the water first followed by the ‘butt’, the judges can still give credit to the trick. (It’s a crash if the competitors’ first land on their back and the board is completely out of the water and then ride on) It’s at the discretion of the head judge to consider if it’s a crash or a butt check, this also depends on the extremity of the trick and the speed at landing. Each judge will consider how much credit he/she will give to the trick. The credit given to a ‘butt check’ landing is directly related to the RISK FACTOR involved in the execution of the trick. For tricks with a high degree of risk factor judges wont deduct (much) points for a butt check.

4) If a competitor lands a trick but did not control the kite throughout the execution of the trick resulting in the release of the handle bar and/or the crashing of the kite into water after landing the trick, the trick will be considered as a crash.

XV. START, FINISH, TRANSITIONS

1) START Heats shall be started with the following system:

Red flag up + 1 horn is 3 min to the start of heat

Red flag removed and yellow flag up = 1 min to start of heat

Yellow flag removed and green flag up + 1 horn = start heat

Green flag down = last minute of the heat

End of the heat = 1 horn + red flag up (continuous clock)

2) HEAT AND TRANSITION DURATION – Heat and Transition Duration shall be posted at least 15 minutes before the heat in question on the Official Notice Board

XVI. DISCREPANCIES

1) RE-RUNNING OF HEATS: The Head Judge has the power to re-run a heat, only when he has witnessed the complete heat and he firmly believes there is a major discrepancy in the judging scores from each individual judge. Whenever possible, the decision to re-run a heat shall be made before announcing a winner of the heat in question.

2) APPEALS AGAINST JUDGES:  Not considered (No protest allowed) at times, errors of a special nature occur with respect to judging. The Red Bull King of the Air Head Judge, along with the Contest Director, the Red Bull King of the Air Committee and the Red Bull King of the Air event organiser will rule on these special circumstances, case by case.

XVII. CONDUCT RULES

1) GENERAL ATTITUDE. All riders must, by their actions & general attitude, during the entire event and at all times promote the image of the sport, the sponsors of the event, and themselves in a professional manner. Any failure to do so immediately prior to, during and immediately after the event may result in a warning, fine or disqualification of the event.

2) OFFICIAL ATTENDANCE. All competitors may be required to attend a post heat/Contest media conference immediately after, or within 15 minutes of the end of heat/Contest, whether he is a winner or loser. Members must wear the official event vest or a suitable supplied by the organiser during this conference. Competitors failing to attend a post heat/Contest media conference or to wear the correct bib/lycra vest will be penalised.

3) COMPETITION AREA VIOLATIONS. Riding in the course/competition area when not competing: Violation under this rule will incur a warning or disqualification from the event or elimination.

4) SAFETY. Riding in a manner that can be considered to be dangerous or a threat to the safety of other competitors will not be tolerated. All disputes under the rules shall be conducted on this principle. Each competitor, when in a position to do so, must render every possible assistance to a competitor in danger and assist organisers with any rescue information in the event of a rescue being needed. All details on medical and safety plan will be presented to riders during the official rider’s meeting. Responsibility of Competitors: It is the sole responsibility of each competitor to decide whether or not to start or to continue to race and to provide for his/her safety.

5) UNSPORTSMANLIKE CONDUCT. Any members failing to conduct themselves at all times in a sportsmanlike manner and or give due regard to the authority of officials and the rights of opponents, spectators, members of the media or other persons, will incur a fine and/or disqualification from the event or elimination. For the purpose of this rule, unsportsmanlike conduct is defined as any misconduct that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport, but does not fall within the prohibition of any specific on site offence contained in these rules. In addition, unsportsmanlike conduct shall include but not be limited to the giving, making, issuing, authorising or endorsing any public statement having or designed to have an effect prejudicial or detrimental to the best interests of the KOTA event, the organisers or the sport.


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28 January 2015

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